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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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98
world-class

2,068 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,068
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,213
Gots: 168 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
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Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

pperez38, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of DNICE555
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

DNICE555, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

patm1986, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of eulerthegrape
5/5  rDev +14.2%

eulerthegrape, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Beautiful golden brown, with a thin head that dissipates down to whiffs of foam fairly quickly. Some lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Light citrusy hops with notes of lime forward as well. I've never picked out lime so strongly in an IPA. Some light graininess lies in the back, but the hops shine through.

T: Nice hoppiness upfront, with a solid grainy body. Unfortunately, I sat on this baby a bit too long, because I'm getting less robust hops than other reviews made me expect. Nice nonetheless.

B: Perfect medium body with nice carbonation.

O: Lovely DIPA. I definitely want to try a fresh bottle in the future.

Hophead717, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Pecan
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Pecan, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of fox227
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep, elegant gold into my Delirium tulip glass, leaving about half an inch of foam which quickly resigned to a ring around the glass. Smells of pine and citrus, some bready malts, but I honestly felt that the taste is more explicit than the aroma. Taste smacks of resinous pine and pleasingly bitter citrus rind - a true to form west coast IPA, but is nicely balanced by a bready malt which finishes dry and punishes, in a good way, the palate with a wave of bitterness letting you experience pure hoppiness in its full glory.

Overall, this is worth the hunt. So far from the IPA tastings from Alpine I have noticed that their beers tend to run on the 'classy' side rather than being too in your face and aggressive. The assertive hop character is just perfect for the style, and not overwhelming or distracting from actual flavor. Highly recommended.

fox227, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Stum-pub, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a nice golden hue with a white capped head. The head may not be bold and big, but boy is it leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma, for lack of better terms, is Pure Hoppiness. Fresh hops, dry hops, bitter hops, citrus hops, piny hops. All in one glass.

T: Despite all the hops, this brew maintains a certain balance that is impressing. Sweet maulty flavor mix with a nice hop citrus biterness.

MF: Mouthfeel gets a 5 for 3 reasons, the body is full, the carbonation is creamy adding to a nice body, and the finish leaves very little pallet wrecking bitterness that many IPAs of this kind leave. As a matter of fact, the aftertaste is pleasant.

Overall, I'm glad I was able to visit Alpine on my California business trip. Keep it up guys, I'm very impressed at what you're doing with beer!

TKEbeerman, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright copper with perfect clarity and one finger of sudsy white head. Good lacing.

Smell -- Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine resin are the most prominent aromas, but also apricot, honey, and pale biscuity malt. Not incredibly aromatic. Freshness?

Taste -- Grapefruit, resin, clover, and apricot flavors resonate in the hops department. Malts are pale and mostly dry with a little bit of honey sweetness. A little bit of buttery diacetyl; pretty typical of Alpine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps a bit fuller than medium, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Certainly not as good as, say, Nelson, but a worthy addition to a stellar IPA/DIPA lineup.

yeahnatenelson, Aug 31, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Houser, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of kkipple
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Rich gold, slightly hazy, short white head, some decent lace, no real complaints here.

S. Super smooth smelling hop bomb, vanilla, hefty malt bomb, approachable, anything but pungent. Hm.

T. Smooth again! This is supremely easy, sweet and slightly dense, minor peaches, tasty hop bitterness, I'm not sure what else to say... you can drink a lot of it.

M. Low carbonation, soft, in fact, everything about this beer is soft... hmm.

D. Yeah, sure... I like it.

Pure Hoppiness is a soft, easy, mellow 8% DIPA that hits all the right notes for simply Having Another. Wish we could get this out my way in SC....

kkipple, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford217 for this lovley extra!

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a snifter. ?Serving temp of 45 degrees.
Semi regerous pour produces a nice 2 finger bubbly foamy white head. Multi assorted bubbles in the head, leaving a bubbly quarter inch cap of retention.
Golden, semi-transparent in color when held to light.
Nice sticky bubbly lace lines the glass as I sip this down.

Aroma is a pungeant purfumy hops bouquet. Pine, grapefruit, grassy hemped hops with a resiny like afterglow. It just sits in the nairs and lingers like grandmas old perfume, except this is a welcome smell.
Some doughy bread aroma, caramel, cloves and sweet honey butter.

mmmm, good flavor!
Its medium carbonation and semi thick mouthfeel leaves this creamy and delicious.
This starts out sweet with clover honey, and somthing nutty, like walnuts. A spice blend of some sort that leads me to beleive cinnemon, but its not in the aroma.
Great balance between hops and malt and a nice bready kick from the yeast.
Pine dominates the hop department. The finish is sweet, yet dry? Nice long grassy piney hop linger.

I really enjoyed picking this apart. I dont feel like I even bagan to understand this interesting brew. I'd need atleast 2 more bottles to do so.
Highly recommend.

Buebie, Dec 16, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear glowing orange color with a finger of head. The smell is a huge blast of floral and pine hops, with a slight dash of grapefruit in the background.

The taste has a bit more citrus and a bit less pine than I anticipated. A very tasty combination for sure. There is a big enough biscuity malt profile to keep somewhat of a balance, and the bitterness is fairly low when you consider the amount of hop flavor. A very easy drinking IPA, one of the smoothest I have encountered.

This one is a tad fuller than medium bodied and it has a high level of carbonation that splashes the flavor in every crevice of your mouth. Not as sticky as I would like, but the (relatively) lighter nature of this compared to some other DIPA's helps with the drinkability. This is a beer that would pair very well with food. Another winner from Alpine.

alcstradamus, Feb 08, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

newbeeraday, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
Photo of drseamus
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Toronado. This is a great beer all around. No review that does this beer justice could start any other way.

The body is a crystal clear amber with just the thinest of white heads. It could have been the pour, but I like some head on my beer and this was really only a thin lacing on the surface.

The aroma is bursting at the seams with sweet sticky grapefruit. This is pretty much textbook DIPA aroma. These aromas make me want to drink immediately.

The flavor is a perfect 10. It is incredibly smooth and blasting open with grapefruit but with the bitterness held beautifully in check. Nearly all the hops must have been added right at the end of the boil. Behind the grapefruit is a great malt flavor which brings images of barley to mind due to it's crispness.

As I said above, this is a great beer and MUST be tried if you get the chance. I am now treasuring the bottle sitting on my shelf at home.

drseamus, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of MisterClean
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boonville

A - Poured a nce golden color, with a 2 fingered, off-white head. Dissipated slow and left beautiful lacing.

S/T - Honey, flowers, and grass. Light notes of citrus too.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. Refreshing could almost pass as a session if not for the 8%.

D - Great overall, enjoyed it. Will seek out again.

MisterClean, May 11, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

closisinthehouse, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Dirtinabottle, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

1424IpA, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

lonewolfcry, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

moonknight31, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

wiltznucs, Oct 10, 2013
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,068 ratings.